On sculpture, dance and gravity

Working outdoors at Mana

After a month and a half as a resident at Mana, life seems to have fallen into a routine, and a busy one at that. The time traveling to New Jersey every day gave me plenty of time to think more carefully about the influences and the subject matter that prevail in my work. A dominant influence seems to be my background as a dancer. I am becoming increasingly aware of its fundamental influence beyond feeling crippled when working without listening to music. Continue reading

In the Studio with Paul Gwilliam

Paul Gwilliam Sculpture

Image of opening night performance. photo by Jordan Hutchings

In the first residential exchange of Catalyst Arts and Outpost, London-based artist Paul Gwilliam spent 5 weeks in Belfast, working towards the exhibition Out for a Duck. As a continuation of Portrait for a Lynx, which brings together Gwilliam’s making and writing practice, it culminated in a chaotic, comical and disturbing blend of sculpture and performance: two accessory-burdened figures halt and resume repetitive, animalistic actions amidst a copious amount of sculpture, itself produced in unmonumental forms, moulded shapes and beings, found materials and latex. I spoke with the artist about his residency and making process. Continue reading

Artists and the U.S. Mint

mint-feature

For most people, coins are just things that jingle in one’s pocket, accumulate in jars or feed parking meters. They are occasionally counted after a purchase but rarely the subject of close examination. Try telling that to Joel Iskowitz, an artist at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia since 2006, who calls coins “an ambassador to the rest of the world. They can be eloquent and iconic in telling a story” of American and world history. They “tell” that history through the front and back designs, and it is fine artists that the Mint often looks to hire in order to develop the images used on both sides of American coins and medallions. Continue reading

Intimate Horizons

Bahar Yurukoglu, Omun, 2014. Courtesy Bahar Yurukoglu and Disjecta. Photo Credt: Evan La Londe

Bahar Yurukoglu, Omun, 2014. Courtesy Bahar Yurukoglu and Disjecta. Photo Credt: Evan La Londe

There is a point at which space collapses into stuff.

Space requires a freedom of motion. It is what we pass through, can climb over and around, have the ability to get underneath and to summit its peak. Space is landscape, it is architecture, it is terrain, and it is potential. It is what we want to touch, transit, explore, and live within.

And then there is all the rest. Continue reading

The ISC re:works, re:news and re:views the ISC Blog

We’re really excited to share re:sculpt with our ISC Blog followers! re:sculpt, the rebranded and expanded ISC Blog adds 13 new writers from Europe, Canada and across the US allowing us to bring you more fresh and timely sculpture news every month. Inspiring new categories Public Art, Art & Action and Environmental Art broaden our coverage of art and sculpture around the world. Our brand new authors are excited to join the team and bring their vibrant arts communities to you!

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Psst! Changing your email subscription settings

We’re really excited to share with our ISC Blog followers that we’re once again expanding! We’re changing the look, adding tons of new authors and a few new categories.

If you’ve signed up for immediate notification of new posts, you may want to change your settings. We’re starting off by publishing one post from each of our new authors. Unless you have set your preferences to weekly digest, you will get a total of 10 emails on May 1st. 

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We can’t wait to show you re:sculpt, the rebranded and expanded ISC Blog with 13 new writers from Europe, Canada and across the US bringing you more fresh and timely sculpture news every month. Inspiring new categories Public Art, Art & Action and Environmental Art broaden our coverage of art and sculpture around the world.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking writers/bloggers

The ISC is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique and vital contribution to society. The ISC publishes Sculpture magazine, a monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of contemporary sculpture, the ISC Blog which facilitates a lively online discourse among artists worldwide about sculpture in the 21st century, and Web Specials, monthly online articles with practical information for the working sculptor. We are looking for writers for the ISC Blog and Web Specials who are passionate about the arts, specifically sculpture, and are willing to explore contemporary trends, techniques and personalities in the field. The deadline for samples is December 15, 2013. If you have an interest in writing for the ISC, please fill out the form here.